Our grant scheme provides legible families financial support if they cannot afford to take a break from the gruelling day to day life of cancer and haven’t had the chance to create lasting memories together. In February 2017 Team Lay took a short break to Cornwall, this gave them the chance to break away from the everyday life of cancer and treatments. At the Mark Lay Foundation we know first hand the importance of taking every moment possible to be together as a family, to make memories and to be able to cherish them when sadly the time comes to say goodbye. We aim to give this opportunity to other families who find themselves in this life shattering position by providing a grant that will go towards a holiday or short break. We are proud to also support three beneficiaries that provide cancer care at the most important times of need; St. Catherine’s Hospice, St. Wilfrid’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. By supporting these fantastic charities we are able to make a difference to the lives of terminally ill patients and their families.
In October 2013 Mark was delivered the devastating news that he had cancer – he was only 42 at the time. It was an overwhelming blow to a lovely, happy family. Mark had bowel cancer and had it spread to the liver due to the aggressive nature of the cancer. Mark underwent several surgeries, 50 rounds of chemotherapy, ground breaking procedures and constant treatment over 4 years. Mark quickly realised that cancer is unforgiving and cruel as he found himself having to fight every single day. Mark sadly lost his battle in 2017 surrounded by his loved ones at St Wilfrid's Hospice where he received the best care possible. Mark was a huge advocate for fundraising and spent a lot of his time whilst in treatment raising funds for charities close to his heart. It only seems fitting that, as a tribute to Mark, the charity will tie together two of his biggest passions; fundraising and of course, family. Nothing was more important to Mark than family.